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Synthesis of a new biocomposite for fertiliser coating: assessment of biodegradability and thermal stability.

Ketabchi, Mohammed Reza; Masoudi Soltani, Salman; Chan, Andy

Authors

Mohammed Reza Ketabchi

Salman Masoudi Soltani



Abstract

The bio- and thermal degradation as well as the water absorption properties of a novel biocomposite comprising cellulose nanoparticles, natural rubber and polylactic acid have been investigated. The biodegradation process was studied through an assembled condition based on the soil collected from the central Malaysian palm oil forests located in the University of Nottingham Malaysia. The effects of the presence of the cellulose nanoparticles and natural rubber on the biodegradation of polylactic acid were investigated. The biodegradation process was studied via thermal gravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. It was understood that the reinforcement of polylactic acid with cellulose nanoparticles and natural rubber increases the thermal stability by ~ 20 °C. Limited amorphous regions on the surface of the cellulose nanoparticles accelerated the biodegradation and water absorption processes. Based on the obtained results, it is predicted that complete biodegradation of the synthesised biocomposites can take place in 3062 h, highlighting promising agricultural applications for this biocomposite.

Citation

KETABCHI, M.R., MASOUDI SOLTANI, S. and CHAN, A. 2023. Synthesis of a new biocomposite for fertiliser coating: assessment of biodegradability and thermal stability. Environmental science and pollution research [online], 30(41), pages 93722-93730. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-023-28892-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 16, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 29, 2023
Publication Date Sep 30, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 1, 2023
Journal Environmental science and pollution research
Print ISSN 0944-1344
Electronic ISSN 1614-7499
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 41
Pages 93722-93730
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-023-28892-0
Keywords Biocomposites; Fertilisers; Agricultural engineering; Biodegradation; Water absorption; Thermal stability; Kinetics
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1988106
Additional Information The preprint for this article has been published on ResearchSquare: https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2928168/v1

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